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You are going to want to do research about the company and (if appropriate) the division to which you are applying & interviewing.
Use this tab to collect such information as size ($ & staff), the range of their products &/or services, any publicly available financial info, what their year-over-year growth (or decline) has been, and anything else you deem relevant.
Probably one of the most important things will be to learn all you can about the company's competitors.
You want to review sites like Glassdoor to see what people are saying about working at the company. There are plenty of other social media sites that will give you an idea of what this company is all about. Check Yelp, Google reviews, etc...
Do searches using multiple search engines to get a better idea of what's out there about the company using different search terms to really uncover the answers.
Sites such as Glassdoor also frequently provide salary ranges for certain positions which can certainly prove helpful.
When you find a company of interest, regardless of whether or not there is an open position, check LinkedIn and your other networks (Facebook, G+, etc...) to see who you know there. If you've found a place you really want to work, check to see who they're hiring. If there's something of interest, use your connections to get your cover letter and resume past the screening (and fillers of the round file) HR department. You need to get to the decision makers/hiring manager. Connections will get you much farther than simply applying and hoping that you'll stand out from the 100s or 1,000s of other applicants.
When you identify what appears to be a good role for you, really dig into the duties and responsibilities to determine what they are and how you would do them. There may likely be some terms with which you are not familiar. If that's the case, make sure to do your research and find out what they are. For example, the role may require you to know how to use specific systems and/or processes and procedures. You need to know what those are specifically and if you haven't used them what you have used that would allow you to quickly ramp up and become productive in this new role.
Preparing for the now-common behavioral interview can be daunting. However, with preparation you'll come to feel much more comfortable. There are tons of articles out there about the most common interview questions with lots of great suggestions about how to answer.
During the interview you will invariably be asked if you have any questions. You must take advantage of this time to distinguish yourself from your competition. You should have a list of 10-15 questions that you created before the interview and will probably have thought of a few more during the interview itself. There are lots of sites out there that tell you what questions would be appropriate for your experience and type of position. Do an online search and put together a list of those questions to bring with you. If you say you don't have any questions to an interviewer you might as well just tell them you don't want the job.
Depending on the level and type of position you will be greatly helped by having a general to very specific strategic plan. Some call these 30,60,90 day plans or sometimes for executive positions, the first 100 days. The titles aren't nearly as important as the completion and implementation of these incredbily useful tools. Through the development of your personal strategic plan of how you intend to do this job you will prove that you can and will do the work. This is absolutely essential to the hiring manager. In addition, as you develop your strategic plan, you will gain great insight into the job and company allowing you to ask specific and relevant questions about the role that your competing interviewees would never uncover.